Admission to the Teacher Education Program

All students seeking teacher certification through Rio Grande College must make application for admission to the Teacher Education Program.  None of the Professional Education courses on the the degree plan can be taken until all of the folowing minimum requirements have been met and the student is accepted into the program.

Standards for Admission to the Teacher Education Program for Grades EC-6 and 4-8

  • Students will not have to take the THEA and make minimum scores.  Students must have met the minimum academic admission requirements for freshman and sophomore-level coursework at another accredited institution of higher education.
  • In the General Education Area of the degree plan, students cannot have grades lower than "C" in Speech Communication and College Algebra courses and ALL courses must be complete.
  • The 12-15 hours of required English will require at least a 2.5 GPA with no grade lower than "C"; no grade lower than "B" in ENGL 3312.
  • Students must have completed or enrolled in 21 hours in Academic Support Area of degree plan with  at least 2.5 GPA; no grade lower than "C". The overall GPA cannot be lower than 2.5.

Standards for Admission to the Teacher Education Program for Grades 7-12

  • Students will not have to take the THEA and make minimum socores.  Students w must have met the minimum academic admission requirements for Freshman and sophomore-level coursework at another accredited institution of higher education.
  • In the Texas Foundation Area of the degree plan, students cannot have grades lower than "C" and a minimum 2.5 GPA in the Core curriculum for English, Mathematics, and Speech courses.  ALL core Curriculum courses must be complete.
  • Students must have a "B" or better in a Writing Intense course at RGC.  Stiudents must have at least 21 hours in their major with no grades lower than a "C"; a 2.5 GPA in major and overall.
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Students must meet the above requirements before enrolling in the Professional development courses:

  • For EC-6 certification the Professional Development courses are EDUC 3301; 3302; 3303; 3309; 3310; 4307; 4308; 4313; 4314; 4315; 4607
  • For 4-8 certification the Professional development courses are EDUC 3301; 3302; 3303; 4307; 4308; 4314; 4601
  • For 8-12 certification the Professional Development courses are EDUC 3301; 3302; 3305; 4312; 4314; 4605

Certification Requirements

To be certified to teach in the Texas public school, a student must:

  • Complete all standards of the Teacher Preparation program.
  • Must complete all course requirement
  • Meet student teaching requirements
  • Pass appropriate Professional Development and Subject Comprehensive Exam
  • Apply for certification online